THE VINEYARDS AND THE GRAPES
The Vineyards and the Grapes
Valpolicella, also known as the splendida contea (splendid earldom), is the general name given to four small valleys, carved out by mountain streams which rose from ancient glaciers in the Lessinia Mountains.
The combination of fresh mountain air and mild breezes from Lake Garda creates wonderful natural microclimates, ideal conditions for vine cultivation, which expert loving hands then transform into fine wine.
It is here that the Aldegheri family manages to obtain quality grapes with a rich character. The vineyards, covering about 50 hectares, are managed both directly by the Aldegheri family and by expert viticulturist, who have worked with the company since it was founded.
Most of the vineyards are situated in the hills and face southeast, adding rich detail to the Valpolicella landscape as on a piece of fine embroidery. Good examples are the vineyards situated below the village of S. Giorgio, famous for its Romanesque parish church, which are used to produce prestigious Amarone, or those of La Grola, one of the finest viewpoints in Valpolicella, where the technique of raisining has been used on the exceptional grapes grown there since the time of the Romans, providing the key ingredient of the best Recioto.
Viticultural production follows a procedure which embodies the height of professionalism, adopting the most appropriate techniques throughout the year.
The important grape ripening phase is carefully monitored to choose the most suitable moment for starting the vintage, which is usually between the end of August and the beginning of the month of October.
The main grape varieties used to produce Aldegheri wines are Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, the three basic grapes used in all characteristic Valpolicella wines; important contributions are also made by Cabernet, Merlot, Garganega, Pinot and Dindarella, the indigenous grape par excellence.